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Author Archive for Dennis McTighe

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

Dolphins and other delights!   After a few days of semi gloomy skies, sunshine returned to Lagunatown. The sun actually made an appearance at Monday’s sunrise. The air quality was so good this evening you could see the mountains and also Catalina Island, something we haven’t seen for a while. At around 5 p.m. this […]

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

Sunrises Gone Missing Temperatures continue to run five to 10 degrees below normal across much of the West Coast as they have all summer with very few exceptions. A stubborn low pressure trough has been loitering just off the coast of Oregon and Washington setting up a nearly constant westerly flow of marine air that […]

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

South Swell Time! The sunshine just keeps on comin’! A bit of crud in the mornings, but poof it’s gone by 10 or 11 leaving us with clear sunny skies all afternoon, quite a far cry from last summer when we couldn’t buy a sunny day. Skies are sunny and blue with no haze and […]

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

Legalize El Nino!   When you read the latest McWeather installment, summer 2011 will be at its mid-point. Water temps have really taken a beating since last Friday, falling as much as 12 degrees thanks to the dreaded westerlies. Now it’s upwelling with a burly temp of 58 degrees here on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Now […]

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

Summer Delight! Chalk up yet another nice week here in Dodge. Isn’t it nice having a real summer? Take yesterday, Monday, July 25, and compare it to last year, same date. Yesterday was cloud free from dawn to dusk with high temperatures approaching 80 degrees and gentle breezes from the southwest. The water was clear […]

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

Summer As it Should Be Howdy, weather fans, hope you have enjoyed the first third of summer 2011. This time around there’s been plenty to enjoy. Lots of sunshine, minimal marine layer, three healthy south swells which already equals all last summer’s output, and much warmer water. We’ve already had 70 degree water several times, […]

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

Chubasco Heaven! It’s a beautiful Tuesday afternoon here in Lagunaville. Conditions at 2 p.m.: sunny skies, light SSE breeze with clean blue skies; the air seems cleaner when a SE breeze blows. It’s when a west wind blows it’s hazier, almost an industrial air look to it like it blew down here from the funkier […]

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

Monsoon Memories It’s the morning after the madness of July 4 and all is quiet here on the beach at 8:30 a.m. The sun’s out and it’s already 70 degrees and muggy; the dewpoint is a rather sultry 65 degrees. Normally it runs about 55 or so. The real fireworks yesterday were provided by Mother […]

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

Summer Delights It’s Tuesday, June 28, and on this date in 1992 there were two strong earthquakes here in Southern California. The first one struck at 4:59 a.m. under the desert town of Landers about 115 miles from Laguna. The shaker was a strong one measuring 7.4. Just three hours later at 7:59 a.m. a […]

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

Summer’s Forecast Summer 2011 arrived this week on Tuesday, June 21. It’s the longest day of the year, though not time wise, but in the amount of sun time with 14 hours and 25 minutes at this latitude. Sunrise today occurs at 5:40 a.m. and sunset will occur at 8:05 p.m. The further north you […]

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

The June Tune Well we’re almost to the halfway point of June, 2011 and the sun continues to make an appearance every day this month so far. The mornings have been mired in a funk with even some drizzle thrown in but around 1 or 2 p.m., bingo!, bright sunshine! Temperatures have been seasonable or […]

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McWeather or Not

Glorious June, So Far  This spring has been fairly easy on us as far as the gloom is concerned. Although June is normally the cloudiest month here at the beach, so far so good. Monday was picture perfect and today has some stratus cloud cover this morning but things look pretty good for us by […]

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McWeather or Not

Hurricane Season Touches Down You can’t ask for a nicer Memorial Day than today. Notoriously cloudy, today is quite the wonderful exception thanks to yesterday’s Aleutian blaster, which swept things clean, so clean that Catalina Island looks like you could almost reach out and touch it! The Eastern Pacific hurricane season is over two weeks […]

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

Hurricanes Continued! Only about a month from the beginning of summer, but try telling this week’s weather. A pair of March-like storms are bearing down on California with one to two feet of snow in the Sierras and one to two inches of rain along the entire coast. Laguna’s normal rainfall for May is around […]

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

Here Comes Hurricane Season! Our other source of summer surf comes from storms much closer than the long traveling Southern Hemisphere swells. Welcome to the Eastern Pacific hurricane season, which begins this coming Sunday and runs through Nov. 15. Born in the hot tropical waters off Southern Mexico and Central America, if these tightly wound […]